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The King’s Speech

01 Dec

“The King’s Speech” tells a true story of the British monarchy – how the newly crowned Bertie, King George VI (played by Colin Firth) battled to overcome a debilitating speech impediment and build self-confidence, particularly in the key royal task of public speaking. He was made King only because the rightful heir, his brother Edward VIII (played by Guy Pearce), decided to opt for life with American divorcee Mrs Wallace Simpson rather than be King. Bertie had tried various cures, all failed, until his wife Elizabeth, later the Queen, (accurately played by Helena Bonham Carter) dragged him to see a down-to-earth Australian elocutionist Lionel Logue (played by Geoffrey Rush).

This wonderful drama is full of real people, well portrayed emotions and great performances. They are all excellent – one point of interest … look for Jennifer Ehle also – she is hard to recognize here in the role of Lionel’s wife. It is a very good movie.

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Posted by on December 1, 2011 in Movies

 

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One response to “The King’s Speech

  1. honestoliver

    December 2, 2011 at 1:25 am

    Not to mention it has some fantastic dialogue.

    Lionel: I believe sucking smoke into your lungs will kill you.
    Bertie: My physicians say it relaxes the throat.
    Lionel: They’re idiots.
    Bertie: They’ve all been knighted.
    Lionel: Makes it official then.

     

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